The long wait has finally ended on Monday evening with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s visit to the US. The 39-year-old Qatari Emir was seen dining with the US President alongside the New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other businesspersons at the Treasury Department.
Upon Sheikh Tamim’s arrival, US President Donald Trump escorted him to the Treasury’s Cash Room, which clearly indicated Trump’s eagerness to work with one of the world’s richest nations. Trump then introduced the former to his family members, friends and business associates saying, “The dinner is a fitting tribute to the economic and security partnership between our two nations.”
Referring to Robert Kraft and other assembled businesspersons present in the Treasury Room, President Trump said, “This is a who’s who of people in business.” He further added that the working meetings with Sheikh Tamim the next day would include issues “from defense to purchases and trade, and I know everything’s going to be very positive.”
Moreover, Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner also attended the state dinner organized for Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim.
Sheikh Tamim’s visit to the US is considered historical following the blockade imposed by the Middle East nations on Qatar. The blockade was one of the worst disputes imposed in the region in years, which severed the country’s diplomatic and economic ties with other nations. Post his visit to the US, the Qatari ruler now aims to discuss and strengthen economic and security ties and also counterterrorism issues.
Other than Kraft and family members, the invited guests lists to dine alongside Sheikh Tamim included former Trump aide and Goldman Sachs executive Dina Powell; former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson; sports owner Stan Kroenke; Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat; billionaire investor Tom Barrack; and Wells Fargo CEO C. Allen Parker.
Other economic discussions have been scheduled for Tuesday noon.